21st Century Cures Act Calls for Expanded NIH Focus on Sexual and Gender Minority Health

On December 13, 2016, H.R. 34 (also known as the 21st Century Cures Act) was overwhelmingly passed by the 114th Congress with bipartisan support and was signed into law by President Barack Obama. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the bill “cut[s] bureaucratic red tape that slows the progress of science.” [1] The 21st Century Cures Act helps reduce research delays stemming from the so called Paperwork Reduction Act, gives government scientists more ease in traveling to meetings to learn about recent findings, and increases support for data sharing among NIH sponsored research. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Francesca Gaiba Named a Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow by Northwestern

Francesca Gaiba, Ph.D., Associate Director of ISGMH and Research Associate Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern, has been named a Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellow by Northwestern University.

The Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellowship is a yearlong program provided by Northwestern in partnership with OpEd Project that helps to provide a select number of Northwestern scholars with support and resources for increasing their visibility and influence as thought leaders. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH Lauds the NIH Announcement of Inclusion of Sexual and Gender Minorities as a Health Disparities Population for Research Purposes

The Northwestern Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) lauds the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for formally recognizing sexual and gender minority people as a health disparities population. The Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000 authorizes the Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in consultation with the director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) at the U.S. Continue Reading ▶︎

ISGMH and Center on Halsted Partner to Host National LGBTQ Health Conference April 28-30, 2017

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) and Center on Halsted (COH) are organizing the fifth annual National LGBTQ Health Conference: Bridging Research and Practice, to be held on April 28-30, 2017, in Chicago. The National LGBTQ Health Conference is an interdisciplinary translational research conference that aims to bring together scientists, public health professionals, and healthcare providers. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Gregory Phillips II Quoted in Metro Weekly Article on Hookup Apps and STIs

Gregory Phillips II, Ph.D., Director of Evaluation, Data Integration, and Technical Assistance (EDIT) Program in ISGMH and Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at Northwestern University was recently interviewed for a Metro Weekly piece by John Riley on the risks of STIs in relation to hookup apps. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. George Greene to Lead New PrEP Implementation Science Grant through the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research

The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded supplemental funding to the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TCCFAR) to support the Chicago site of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Project PrIDE through a project titled “PrEP Implementation Science Research to Inform an Integrated Public Health Model for Biomedical HIV Prevention in Chicago.” Richard D’Aquila, M.D., Director of TCCFAR, is the Principal Investigator, and Dr. Continue Reading ▶︎

Experts Discuss LGBT Health Research and Policy at ISGMH’s Inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium

Written by Blair Turner, Research Data Analyst

The Institute of Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University held its inaugural State of LGBT Health Symposium on August 18, 2016. The symposium offered the first in a yearly series connecting policy and research in LGBT health. Reflecting this mission, the symposium was attended by a diverse crowd including federal and state policy makers, academic researchers, community–based organizations, activists, and religious organizations. Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Awarded $9.3 Million in NIH Funding for eHealth HIV Prevention Project

Dr. Brian Mustanski, Tenured Professor of Medical Social Sciences, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology at Northwestern University; Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing; and Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, has been awarded $9.3 million from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) to for an innovative study of eHealth interventions to prevent HIV among adolescent men who have sex with men (AMSM). Continue Reading ▶︎

Dr. Brian Mustanski Discusses Educating Young People About HIV on WBEZ Morning Shift

Listen to Dr. Brian Mustanski, Director of the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, Co-Director of the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Professor in the Department of Medical Social Sciences, be interviewed by Tony Serabia on WBEZ’s Morning Shift about educating young people on HIV.

You can listen to the interview on WBEZ’s website.  Continue Reading ▶︎